best-selling author, journalist, essayist and "social observer"
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University
Free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.
Not only the voice of teen superhero Violet Parr in Brad Bird’s Academy Award-winning The Incredibles, Sarah Vowell is a New York Times best-selling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture. By examining the connections between the American past and present, Vowell offers personal, often humorous accounts of everything from presidents and their assassins to colonial religious fanatics, as well as thoughts on American Indians, utopian dreamers, pop music and the odd cranky cartographer.
Her books include The Wordy Shipmates and Assassination Vacation, and her most recent book, Unfamiliar Fishes (2011), is the intriguing history of our 50th state, Hawaii, annexed in 1898. Replete with a cast of beguiling and often tragic characters, including an overthrown Hawaiian queen, whalers, missionaries, sugar barons, Teddy Roosevelt and assorted con men, Unfamiliar Fishes is another history lesson in Americana as only Vowell can tell it – with brainy wit and droll humor.
Vowell was a contributing editor for Public Radio International’s This American Life from 1996 to 2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries. She was one of the original contributors to McSweeney’s, also participating in many of the quarterly’s readings and shows. She has been a columnist for Salon.com, Time, and San Francisco Weekly, and continues to write occasional essays for the opinion page of the New York Times. Vowell has made numerous appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is also the president of the board of 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students aged 6-18 in Brooklyn, New York.
“Sarah Vowell is for my money, the best essayist/radio commentator/sit-down comic and pointy headed history geek in the business.” —Seattle Times
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